Each day I tune in to CNN for all the news of the day in addition to pouring over the various news feeds online.
Over this past week, I have watched as one of the senior political correspondent and fill-in anchor has gone from objective reporter to an out-and-out surrogate for one of the presidential candidates.
Brianna Keilar has been filling in for Wolf Blitzer the last week while he has been on grandpa leave during the 1 p.m. Wolf show and the 5 p.m. The Situation Room.
After her interview with Donald Trump’s Chief Counsel Michael Cohen went viral as Keilar and Cohen squared off about polls and Trump being behind, I have watched as she has dropped day-by-day all pretense of objectivity.
Brianna has turned before our eyes on the television screen from being a journalist who covers the campaign of Hillary Clinton into a full-blown surrogate and defender of Clinton.
In my other life as a print journalist, who happened to cover politics, I would have been shown the door if I had exhibited even a smidgen of the bias Brianna is showing during her interviews with Trump supporters and in talking with her panel.
Today after bringing up the subject of stories swirling, erroneously, about Clinton’s health while interviewing Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Duffy attempted to say there were issues to talk about, but Keilar was not having it. She kept trying to get him to talk about the health concerns until he finally gave in to her persistence.
Later in talking with the panel, Keilar defended her inquiry and wondered why Duffy did not steer the conversation to issues instead. This after she clearly would not let him do that.
Brianna, it is time to ‘fess up.
Time to admit you are in the tank for the candidate you are suppose to be covering objectively.
Question is: are you being paid by the Clinton campaign in addition to your CNN pay?
For inquiring minds, I am not a Trump supporter. I am currently leaning toward the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.
I am not a conservative, but a moderate. I am an independent, though I usually vote in the Republican primary.
From the Cornfield, this election cycle is making more nostalgic for the late Walter Cronkite and the late Tim Russert.
Both respected journalists always maintain objectivity in every election. Both respected journalists never let their own bias or prejudice get in the way of being members of the press.